Southwest Oregon Fishing Reports
From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com
Data regarding the current ocean selective (fin-clipped) coho season has been updated through July 28th and 35.3 percent of the quota has been caught and kept with fishing success running at .83 retained salmon per angler/trip. The most successful port so far continues to be Depoe Bay with 1.10 kept salmon per angler trip. with
Ocean salmon-fishing success dropped off somewhat last week to .78 retained salmon per angler/trip. Newport continues to be the busiest port along the central Oregon coast. It’s 15,802 angler trips is more than twice as many as any other port. Winchester Bay is second with 7, 7672 angler/trips and Garibaldi is third with 7,440 angler/trips.
The updated(through August 4th) resuls for all ten ports in our zone are: Garibaldi(7,440 angler/trips – .52 retained salmon per angler); Pacific City(4,297 angler/trips -.92 retained salmon per angler); Depoe Bay(5,925 angler trips – 1.09 retained salmon per angler); Newpor(15,802 angler trips – .93 retained salmon per angler); Florence(0 angler/trips); Brookings(3,113 angler/trips – ..29 retained salmon per angler); Gold Beach(129 angler/trips – .00 retained salmon per angler); Bandon(166 angler/trips – .49 retained salmon per angler): Charleston(1,964 angler/trips – .56 retained salmon per angler);Winchester Bay (7,673 angler trips – .70 retained salmon per angler.
As for chinook salmon catches, Newport leads with 1,160 followed by Depoe Bay with 663 and Winchester Bay with 642.
With two weeks left in the season, 36.5 percent of the quota has been caught and kept.
Portland-area fishing regulations that were loosened last year are more restrictive this year.
Second rod licenses will not be allowed on the Willamette River this year.
Barbed hooks will no longer be legal to use on the Columbia River this season.
Retention of cabezon will be prohibited for all boat-based anglers beginning 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 16.
If you want to feel better about most salmon-return surveys just compare them to the return of Snake River sockeye salmon – which is the lowest in a decade and only six percent of the ten-year average.
Recent studies have concluded that a major cause of hatchery salmonids straying in coastal streams is due to certain streams lacking distinctive odors.
The emergency fishing restrictions on the Umpqua River are still in effect. The upper limit is the boat ramp at River Forks Park. The lower limit is the Scottsburg Bridge.
Fishing is prohibited within 200 feet of any tributary streams – or within 200 feet of the Umpqua River on any such tributaries.
One area of confusion involves Mill Creek, which despite being completely closed to angling. is below the lower limit of the emergency restrictions. The confusing part is whether, or not anglers can fish the mainstem Umpqua River within 200 feet of the mouth of Mill Creek.
This weekend is the perfect time to take a friend or family member fishing. It’s Free Fishing Weekend, Aug. 17-18, which means they won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon (that’s open to fishing, crabbing or clamming).
Ocean salmon fishing for Chinook salmon from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt is open. The ocean fin-clipped coho salmon is open until Aug. 25 or until we reach the quota of 90,000 fin-clipped coho. Chinook must be a minimum of 24-inches long and coho must be at least 16-inches. Fishing for salmon has been okay with Winchester being the most productive port on the coast. Anglers have been averaging one fish per person. As of August 4, ocean salmon anglers have caught 36.5 percent of the fin-clipped coho quota.
Albacore tuna have been caught 15 – 35 miles off shore from Charleston and Winchester Bay. Many boats have been bringing in 20 or more tuna each trip. A few dorado have also been caught while fishing for tuna.
The Nearshore Halibut season is open seven days a week in the Central Coast Subarea. As of Aug. 4, there is 73 percent of the Nearshore quota remaining. The summer All-Depth season for the Central Coast Subarea is open every Friday and Saturday through October 26 or attaining the quota of 67,898 lbs.
The Southern Oregon Subarea is open seven days a week for halibut. There is still 85 percent of the quota remaining for the Southern Oregon Coast halibut season.
On the Coos, salmon anglers caught a few fall Chinook trolling from the chip pile to the California Street boat ramp this past weekend. Most anglers troll a cut plug herring behind a flasher. Catch rates will improve as we approach the end of the month.
Striped bass fishing is slowing down some but is still good in the Coquille River from Riverton to Bullards, with most anglers using cut bait or nightcrawlers fished with sliding sinkers on the river bottom. Anglers are still catching stripers on the Coquille.
The smallmouth bass bite is also good at this time in the mainstem and South Fork Coquille rivers. Smallmouth bass will bite on worms, jigs with a twister tail, crankbaits, and small spinners.
A few salmon anglers have been trolling for fall Chinook around Bullards Beach and Rocky Point.
Albacore tuna are being caught just 15-35 miles off shore from Charleston to Winchester Bay. Some boats are bringing in 20 or more tuna per trip.
Bass fishing has been good on Tenmile Lakes. Anglers are catching most of the bass along the deeper weedlines and submerged trees. Topwater lures have been catching bass in the low light periods or even in the shade during the middle of the day.
Yellow perch fishing continues to be decent with anglers catching yellow perch along the edges of weedlines. Most of the fish are under 10-inches long but there are a few 12-inch plus fish being caught.
Trout anglers continue to troll for trout. Fishing has been slow on Tenmile Lakes but a few anglers are catching trout trolling deep water with wedding ring spinners.
The Rogue bay has been slow for Chinook. Most of the fish are being caught downstream of Highway 101. Chinook numbers should continue to climb through July.
On the middle, summer steelhead are available along with some Chinook. Anglers may keep hatchery summer steelhead throughout the river and hatchery or wild Chinook downstream of Dodge Bridge.
The middle Rogue is a good area to target pikeminnow for the STEP pikeminnow harvest contest. Pikeminnow can be caught with bait drifted off the bottom in eddies and slow-moving water. Pick up a flier at the Central Point ODFW office or at a local bait and tackle shop for more details on this contest, or call Ryan Battleson at 541-826-8774 x 226.
Summer steelhead numbers are increasing in the middle and upper Rogue and the recent storm may have pushed more fish upstream. Keep in mind fishing for chinook upstream of Dodge Bridge is now closed.
Umpqua River – Some fall Chinook have been caught in the bay, and it should continue to improve as we get further into August. Please note there is no retention of unclipped coho salmon in the river, but fin-clipped coho is open in the river as part of your two adult salmon daily limit. The river regulations start at the tips of the jetties.
Bass fishing on the Main and South Umpqua is always a good bet this time of year.
The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir is scheduled to be stocked this week and this is a great area to escape the summer heat and enjoy cooler water temperatures where trout will still readily bite.
Diamond Lake has been decent. Recent reports indicate most successful anglers are using flies with a quick retrieve or trolling. Others are having good success with floating bait off the bottom. If one technique isn’t working switch to something else.